Join us on March 17-18, 2023 at Howard University School of Law for a two-day intensive to prepare you to lead and thrive in your future legal career! The intensive will feature impactful leadership workshops, inspiring panel discussions, and an empowering keynote conversation.  Hear attorneys, thought leaders, and professional development professionals speaking on their personal experiences of women in leadership positions and their advice on developing the professional skills required to become and support women in leadership. 

Whether you want to develop your authentic voice, enhance your negotiation skills, or learn tips for being the most effective leader possible, the Ms. JD NWLSO Leadership Academy Intensive will provide the space, support, and resources for you to do so. Participation in the Leadership Academy Intensive will greatly enhance your national law school network, equip you with tools necessary for professional development, and will generally provide opportunities that would not have existed otherwise.

The deadline to apply for the March 2023 Leadership Academy Intensive at Howard University School of Law is January 31, 2023.

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Leadership Academy Intensive, Arika Pierce, keynote

Arika Pierce

Leadership Development Expert

President and Founder

Piercing Strategies

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OUR 2023 SPEAKERS

Danielle Allison, CEO, Ms. JD, LaddHer Up

Danielle Allison

CEO

Ms. JD

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Sunu Chandy, Legal Director, NWLC, Leadership Academy Intensive

Sunu Chandy

Legal Director

NWLC

Program Director, Ms. JD

Katie Day Winchenbach

Program Director

Ms. JD

Program Director, Appellate Project, Leadership Academy Intensive

Elizabeth Hague

Program Director

The Appellate Project

Aliza Shatzman, President, Founder, The Legal Accountability Project, Leadership Academy Intensive

Aliza Shatzman

President & Founder

The Legal Accountability Project

Latonya Izzard, Leadership Academy Intensive, Speaker, Chief Compliance Officer, EyeSouth Patners

Latonya Izzard

Chief Compliance Officer

EyeSouth Partners

VP of Legal, DEI, ESG, Motorola Solutions, leadership Academy Intensive

Kaidi Johnson

VP of Legal, DEI, & ESG

Motorola Solutions

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a current law student.
  • Must identify as female.
  • Priority will be given to those who have attended the Ms. JD NWLSO Leadership Academy (not a requirement to apply).
  • Be a member of the Ms. JD Online Community (Join here).
  • Be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Selected participants will be responsible for all expenses related to travel and lodging.
  • Selected participants will be required to pay a $75 Program Tuition.
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2023 AGENDA

The 2023 Leadership Academy Intensive provides a unique opportunity for attendees to network with their peers and industry experts and learn how to further develop the leadership skills that are critical for their future law career.

Friday, March 17th

12:00 - 1:00 pm ET: Registration

12:45 - 1:00 pm ET: Lunch Pickup

1:00 - 2:00 pm ET: The Power of One: How You Can Lead the Charge for Diversity in Your Law School and Community (Workshop)

2:00 - 2:15 pm ET: Break

2:15 - 3:15 pm ET: Taking it to the Next Level: Stepping Into Your Leadership (Panel)

3:30 - 4:45 pm ET: Persevering in the Face of Challenge (Panel)

5:00 pm ET: Welcome Reception with Keynote Speaker (Be Your Own Advocate)

Saturday, March 18th

8:30 - 9:00 am ET: Check-In

8:30 - 9:00 am ET: Breakfast

9:00 - 9:10 am ET: Brief Welcome

9:10 - 11:10 am ET: Communication Strategies for Effective Leaders (Workshop)

11:10 - 11:25 am ET: Break

11:25 am - 12:45 pm ET: Breaking Through Bias: The Power of Allies and Mentors (Panel)

12:45 - 1:00 pm ET: Break - Lunch Pickup

1:00 - 2:15 pm ET: Lunch

2:15 - 3:30 pm ET: Tell Your Story: Why Authenticity is Important to Your Leadership Success

3:30 - 3:45 pm ET: Break

3:45 - 5:00 pm ET: What's Your WHY? Leading with Purpose and Impact (Workshop)

5:00 - 6:00 pm ET: Closing Reception (Ms. JD Bingo, Door Prizes, Networking)

ATTEND THE INTENSIVE

DEVELOP YOUR LEADERSHIP SKILLS

  • Attend impactful leadership workshops and inspiring panel discussions to learn new skills.
  • Accelerate your career in the legal profession and gain the leadership skills you need to make a difference.

CONNECT AND LEARN FROM OTHER WOMEN IN LAW

  • Interact with successful attorneys, thought leaders, and professional development experts.
  • Connect with other like-minded women in law school.

GAIN ACTIONABLE TOOLS TO STAND OUT AS A LEADER

  • Develop skills to inspire and empower others in the legal profession.
  • Generate a competitive edge in the legal profession by learning to lead effectively.

THE NEXT GENERATION

Our two-day intensive program is a unique opportunity for law students to develop the tools necessary to enhance their professional development, network with other law students from across the country, and help them become the leader they aspire to be.

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FAQs

What is the Ms. JD NWLSO Leadership Academy Intensive?

The Ms. JD NWLSO Leadership Academy Intensive is a two-day in-person program that features interactive sessions focused on building leadership skills, inspirational keynote speakers, and opportunities to network with other attendees and speakers.

What is the cost of the Ms. JD NWLSO Leadership Academy Intensive?

There is a $75 tuition fee for accepted attendees. In addition, attendees will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses. We strongly recommend you reach out to your law school for financial support for this program. 

How do I apply?

Please fill out the application here. The deadline to complete the application is January 31, 2023. Please reach out to Ms. JD's NWLSO Director, Katie Day, at day@ms-jd.org, with any questions or issues.

How are attendees selected?

The NWLSO team will review all applications and select attendees based on demonstrated commitment to leadership in your law school and community. Priority will be given to those who have attended the Ms. JD NWLSO Leadership Academy, but that is not a requirement to apply.  

When will I find out if I am accepted to attend the Ms. JD NWLSO Leadership Academy Intensive?

Once the 2023 application process is completed and applications have been reviewed, all applicants will be notified of a decision via email by February 10, 2023.